Kessler Foundation's New Center for Spinal Cord Research
Steve Adubato goes on-location to the opening of the Tim and Caroline Reynolds Center for Spinal Stimulation at Kessler Foundation to speak with physicians, experts and research participants about the Center's innovative spinal stimulation research that is aiding recovery from spinal cord injuries.
"Hi this is Steve Adubato you see all these folks behind me for a very good reason this is the opening ceremony of an important research initiative. This is Kessler foundation in fact more specifically it's the Tim and Caroline Reynolds center for spinal stimulation at Kessler foundation groundbreaking research will be going on here for people who are dealing with spinal cord Injuries spinal stimulation in a way that frankly is only being done in a few places around the nation the first Center of its kind on the east coast we'll be talking to research participants talking to clinicians and those who are the researchers here at the foundation looking to make a difference congresswomen Mikie Sherrill joined us as well represents this district and the bottom line is this this center for spinal stimulation is making a difference in the lives of those who are dealing with spinal cord injuries they could be rehabbing they could be doing all kinds of things to help themselves but the potential exists to make an even greater difference in the rehab and their functionality here at Kessler foundation it's a huge event here at Kessler Foundation Rodger DeRose who leads up the operation at Kessler foundation this center for spinal stimulation first of aOll the name let's talk about the name and why that's important and beyond that why this event and this center is so critically important for people dealing with spinal cord injuries. well thanks Steve you know this is Tim and Caroline Reynolds center for spinal stimulation but what we're doing here is we're doing the next generation of work that will be this new standard of care for spinal cord injured patients but I don't think it'll end there I think we'll be able to use many of the techniques here and stimulation for other mobility challenges as well. you know the term stimulation is being used a lot let's break this down roger I don't want to get into-- you're not a clinician and we will be speaking to some of the researchers and clinicians here but two types of stimulation correct? right we do two types of stimulation here transcutaneous which is on the exterior of the spinal column on the skin and then the second stimulation That we will undertake and do the first surgery this year is epidural where we actually do an implant on the spinal cord column with an elect-- with a Stimulator that can be controlled to again control the brain intention what the person is thinking to the healthy Neurons below the level of the spinal cord injury itself reconnect that those healthy neurons to what the what the Person is actually thinking so..."